Truckin’ with Dehd

Article and photos by: Makenzie Creden

On a hot July day, a humble Penske moving truck pulled up into a dusty parking lot off the blue line. However, this moving truck wasn’t filled with boxes. This truck was carrying the Chicago post-punk trio Dehd.

The group announced the Saturday festivities on their Instagram- three shows across three different parking lots across three hours. The first show was in Logan Square, the second in Humboldt Park, and the third in Pilsen.

Despite a blistering 90 degree start and a surprise torrential downpour, Dehd brought the heat, and their Chicago fans brought the energy. There was dancing, jumping, and singing despite the heat, dust, and rain.

Each set consisted of 3-4 songs played out of the back of the truck. Their amps and instruments were powered by a generator for maximum portability. In typical Dehd fashion, they brought along a disco ball and a plush white tiger to guard their equipment.

Those who were in the know had a great time, and those walking past envied the parking lot parties going down. Other local musicians, such as Lilie West of Lala Lala and Adam Schubert of ULNA attended the truck shows.

Dehd is to play Pitchfork and an aftershow in September, followed by a U.S. tour supporting Julien Baker in the fall.

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